Farmhouse Summer Ale | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Farmhouse Summer AleFarmhouse Summer Ale

Brewed by:
Flying Fish Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
A tribute to the highly drinkable "every day" beers from French-speaking Belgium. Contains Belgian two-row pale malt and 7% wheat. This beer is lightly filtered with an earthy, spicy hop character from imported Styrian Goldings hops and a beautiful rich creamy head from the wheat.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-20-2001

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Reviews: 208 | Ratings: 573
Photo of HeroicDoses
1.11/5  rDev -67.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This beer tastes like vomit. No really, it actually tastes and smells like fresh vomit. That might sound rather harsh, but it's the truth. I STRUGGLED through one of these, hoping at some point my palet would adjust to something that I was missing, but no, it just kept tasting like actual vomit. I don't really know what else to say, when a beer tastes this terrible the appearance and texture don't really matter. Epic failure.

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Photo of spartanfan
1.73/5  rDev -50%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours a bright clear golden color with a huge fluffy white head. Lots of chunky lacing left behind.

S: Smells sweetly of grains and perhaps a bit of orange peel. Yeast is prevalant as well as a slight amount of funkyness. The smell reminds me a little of fresh vomit.

T: Bitter hops and faint sweet grains. This tastes a bit oxidized.

M: Thin mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation.

D: This beer just tastes bad. I had to choke down the one I poured, and I WILL NOT have another.

This is my first time having this beer, but it is just plain bad.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.38/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Flying Fish Farmhouse Summer Ale

Appearance- a light yellow with a weak fizzy head.
Smell- light. slighty wheaty with a hint of citrus.
Taste- very watery. I detect straw/hay with a weak citrus bite.
Mouthfeel- bitter up front with a watery bland taste in the end.

Overall- Too weak, too watery, and what little taste wasn't that pleasant. Not horrible but not worth drinking. My summer won't be wasted on this. Sorry Flying Fish!!

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Photo of santoslhalper
2.39/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This in no way stands up to any of the Saisons coming out of Belgium. My advice to this brewer is to leave it to the Belgian's to do what they do best, and that is brew great beer. This had hardly any flavor to it, and what was there was straw and corn, no good farmhouse flavors in any way, and no old world quality to it. Not good.

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Photo of icehawk
2.43/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle (best by 8.7.13)

Appearance: Cloudy straw with fine white head

Aroma: Plums, yeast

Taste: A bit bread-like, white bread that is

Palate: Lots of carbonation making it mouth filling despite it's relatively light body. A bit spicy on the tongue

Overall: Not much flavor or discernable qualities

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Photo of philipquarles
2.44/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap. Pours clear gold with a small, fizzy white head that disappears instantly and leaves no trace. Smells incredibly faint; light malt with some light fruit. A bit floral, but that's a reach. Tastes of tangy wheat and sugary sweetness. Little/no hop presence, save for a hint at the finish. Light, fizzy feel. This doesn't even bare a passing resemblance to a proper saison; on top of that, it's too sweet to enjoy.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.48/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

12 oz Bottle to Pint Glass
Appearance is beer yellow color with little head . Good Smokey Flavor for a lighter beer. Easy to drink.

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Photo of rdrummer
2.58/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I try very hard to like the beer brewed by this local brewer, but I just don't rate most of their beers very highly. The Farmhouse Ale came highly recommended. The appearance was pale yellow with a small head and no lacing. The aroma was close to non-existent with a slight hint of wheat.

The initial taste is of a weak Wit. It actually tasted a little watery but what kills the taste for me is a metallic aftertaste that I find with many Flying Fish brews. I don't know what it is, and it may just be me since other people can't taste it, but it ruins this beer for me.

It feels thin in the mouth but is cleansing. I had one and said enough.

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Photo of mjc410
2.58/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

In a standard American pint...

I honestly thought this beer was a wit. It certainly doesn't stand up to even the worst saison I've had (shall remain nameless).

The body is a clear brown-yellow, with little head, just a ring. Nose is nothing more than a little grain. Tastes of light grain, citrus, possibly a wheat twang, and various spices I can't ID. The mouthfeel is medium and tingly from the high carbonation. This beer is refreshing, but too light and simple.

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Photo of bonkers
2.59/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-light golden color with lots of carbonation,thick head with lots of lacing. The appearance is actually the best quality of this brew.
s-faint sweet notes, nothing remarkable
T-in a word bland. There are faint sweet notes on the tip of the tongue, but this is an unremarkable beer.
M&D-this beer goes down easy, very light and not very filling.
Overall-A very dissapointing beer that I will never purchase again. I was also not pleased to see this was contract brewed at Matt's Brewing.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.6/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle with BB 9-22-14 into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a light golden color with a tiny white foam head. The head fades superfast leaving only a trace level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite light overall with some smells of wheat and biscuit along with some lighter smells of a fruit sweetness which are mainly of a pear and lemon aroma. Along with these smells comes a very light grassy smell as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a biscuit taste and light fruit flavor of peach and pear. The peach and pear fruit flavors are later lost, being replaced by some other sweet flavors of a caramel and light candied sugar nature. Along with the transition in the sweet, there is also a transition in the malt with more wheat flavors and a cracker flavor coming to the tongue at the expense of the biscuit. With a light grassy and lemon flavor that comes to the tongue at the end of the taste, it leaves one with a muddled malty and sweet flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – For the low abv. of the brew, the body is average in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather low. The moderate thickness is fairly decent for the mix of malt, sweet, and light grass flavors of the brew, but the lower carbonation is not really appropriate for the brew, taking away the crispness and refreshing character that the beer should have.

Overall – Ah… A very lack luster beer. Nothing was all that great.. A rather weak look and very little aroma with the flavors never really find a balance and the body was a bit off for me. Not one I will likely do again.

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Photo of praufs01
2.65/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Clear yellow with a frothy white head.

Aroma - Slight hay smell.

Mouthfeel - Thin body with fizzy carbonation.

Taste - A very weak earthy flavor with a dry slightly metallic taste in the finish.

Overall - Very watery and the flavor is very weak.

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Photo of lagrin
2.65/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap in "shaker" pint glass.

Appearance: Not what I anticipated. The beer was too clear with no haze and didn't have the rustic appearance expected of a farmhouse ale. Carbonation was very mild and the beer produced no lacing.

Aroma: Nothing bad. Nothing good. The beer is more like the nondescript "blond" or "American wheat" that some brew pubs make for their macro drinking customers.

Taste: Boring. No hops, no barnyard funk or spiciness. Can seem to detect that there is a proportion of wheat was used in the mash which is not inappropriate.

Mouthfeel: good

Drinkability: The beer has a decent drinkability with no true flaws. I might have scored it higher if it was marketed as a blond ale. It clearly did not have the characteristics of a Saison and was not stylistically close to anything like Hennepin or Saison Dupont. I actually asked the waiter if he accidentally brought me some other beer because I was expecting so much more.

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Photo of americanaqualung
2.67/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a deep, clear golden with a small head.

S - Smells sweet, almost like citrus/peaches and a hint of caramel.

T - Has a bit of a tart sharpness to start but from there on only a little sweetness. Despite the carbonation, almost tastes stale and uncomplex.

M - Has the slight sharpness that I associate with the style, but the lack of any strong flavors leaves the finish wanting.

D - Overall, I feel it is kind of low. It isn't offensive, just not quite as drinkable as some of the other domestic and imported varieties I've had.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
2.68/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear gold. Crème head. Nose is bland. Flavor is bitter. No saison qualities at all. Basically tastes like a metallic toned lager. Massive metallic aftertaste. Feel is not saison like at all. Thin and watery on the liquid. If this is a saison, then I have three feet. A complete miss of the mark (IMO) that holds no qualities that the well known saisons do. I didn't enjoy it at all and ended up dumping the majority of it.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
2.7/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Super carbonated. Whole lot of head. Color was a pale, pale yellow--perhaps even lighter than some pilsners. Nose was odd--malts with an attempt at spices but such a menagerie of spices I cannot even begin to place them. In terms of taste, I am not sure whether this is truly a saison. Very light and crisp with somewhat of a dry finish. Also, like the aroma the flavor is so mushed togeterh I cannot honestly place much of anything other than some slightly sweet malts and a light layer of bittering hops. There is some other flavors present, but they are so blended into each other I cannot place them. For me... just not a very interesting beer.

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Photo of bbeane
2.7/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A very drinkable, average tasting beer.

A~ Pour yellowish orange with very little head

S~ Very little smell... hint of citrus or spice

T~ Tasted very average... again, a hint of citrus or spice

M~ Like a typical beer

D~ Very drinkable, if you have no real taste expectations

Would drink it over most domestics, but nothing to get excited over

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Photo of donniecuffs
2.73/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

In my opinion, the name is VERY deceiving, in that no mention should be made of 'farmhouse' ale; this beer is nothing more than a simple summer beer. The mere implication that it had any of the complexity inherent in a saison/farmhouse got me angry. In that vein, it's drinkability is great on a hot day, the aroma and flavor were lacking, for even that style of beer. Very light-colored and carbonated, but no head. Sorry that this review isn't a little more detailed, but I was very annoyed after my first sniff/taste. If you want a top-notch refreshing ale made by Flying Fish to drink in the summertime, rush out and get some limited edition Exit 11 (American Wheat Ale) before it's all's outstanding, and puts this so-called 'farmhouse ale' to shame.

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Photo of jwc215
2.76/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

No freshness date.

Poured golden yellow with a two-finger white head that descended to a thin, but well-retained head that left some lacing.

The smell was very thin (though non-offensive). It had a faint aroma of a saison-style yeast. Virtually nothing else.

The taste was so watered-down it was not easy to pick out flavors. There was a mild yeast and slice of lemon. It really didn't taste like much though. It was a touch sour and had a slightly salty finish.
Hints at being a saison, but doesn't quite get there.

The feel was too thin. With all its watery thinness, I would have expected it to at least quench a summer thirst a bit. Yet the sour and salt left the mouth not very refreshed at all. A faint, odd (almost plastic-like) aftertaste lingered a bit.

Overall - bland. What smoothness there was came more from thinness than anything else. While not awful, and I had two or three and will be able to eventually finish the 6-pack (or find someone to help me do so), its blandness and aftertaste would not have me choose this again for a summer brew. Not satisfying.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
2.78/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Flying Fish Farmhouse Summer Ale has a golden-colored body that is bright and clear. A white head is made up of bubbles that are not too tightly packed. The head doesn't last long, but a few splotches of lacing are left behind.

The aroma has a bit of light fruit, an herbal hop aroma, and some grainy pale malt.

The malt profile has a grainy, pale malt flavor, along with a little bit of a wheat twang. Fairly aggressive hops for a saison add a little bit of a bite. Some light fruit and a hint of pepper from the yeast comes through. Honestly, I'm not sure that I could have picked this out as a saison. It tasted more like some form of American Wheat Ale. The yeast doesn't do nearly enough work.

The light, effervescent feel for a saison is definitely lacking here. More of a moderate body with high carbonation.

Farmhouse Summer ale is a light beer that doesn't taste bad, but it doesn't taste like a saison either.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.8/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out a yellow color that was pretty clear looking. The head was white and faded quickly. The smell was kind of on the weak side, some malts on the nose and just some light fruity notes. The taste is kind of bland, wasn't overly thrilled by the flavor or lack of one. The mouthfeel is very light since its a summer brew. The overall is that I'd probably take something else over this one.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.82/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Unibroue Tulip. No date or info on the bottle.

Thanks to NeroFiddled for the extra!

A - A moderate pour released a hazy straw yellow-golden color with no carbonation rising up. A loose thin white head popped up to drop to a tiny ring near instantaneously.

S - The nose is really mellow. Light cereal grainy with pale malts and wheat with a low spiciness to the nose. No real hop presence.

T - The lack of hops on the nose is made up for in the flavor. It's got a crisp and light straw and pale malt background to a moderately spicy and cleanly hopped flavor.

M - Light-bodied and crisp, it has a smooth beginning with a dry and medium carbonated finish.

D - Besides the appearance which is really lacking, it's not a bad beer, it just needs some work. The spiciness isn't pronounced or distinguishable, its just there and the malt is the same way. It just needs some more character. Drinkable though as it is. A solid sessioner and refresher for a summer day.

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Photo of NiceGuyMike
2.83/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright golden yellow. Crystal clear with minor white head with little lacing. So clear is this beer that almost no bubbles. Very disappointing in that respect.

Smells of sulfer (burnt match) with some malts.

This beer has no belgian flavor. No citrus no noting. Just some malts as it warms up and light bitterness with strong sulfer.

Overall this is not a good saison but more of a average pale ale. I've tried this brew with several types of foods. Nothing seems to bring out any flavors. With that said, this is a drinkable brew.

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Photo of PhageLab
2.89/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - By far the most violent beer I've ever encountered. This beer was handled properly and sat perfectly still in my refrigerator for over a week before pulling it out and pouring it. Exploded like a champagne bottle. Mostly head, hazy yellow colored brew left behind.

S - Zesty lemon aroma with some spices and funk.

T - A Saison light. Has some hoppy citrus notes, but mostly it is muted and watery.

M - Crisp light body, sharp carbonation.

D - I could drink another, but why would I? Not a bad beer at all, just nothing here to hold my attention.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.91/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a stunningly clear straw color. The head is a one finger white shade. It doesn't have the best retention, and only leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass. Love the clarity, though.

S: The maltiness doesn't provide much - maybe a touch of crackery malt - and the hops used are very earthy in their tones. There really isn't much of anything on the nose, good or bad.

T: Again, there isn't too much here. A touch of wheat and cracker opens things up - and I mean a touch. The feeble malt base allows the hops to shine through, providing some finishing earthy, mildly sour notes. I was skeptical of the farmhouse label (and doubly skeptical when taking its clarity into consideration), but at the end of the day, I do notice a touch of funkiness, if only because it's hop-derived.

M: Certainly, it's a crisp, dry brew, one that's vibrantly carbonated and refreshing. I feel it's not really interesting enough to inspire great drinkability, but it goes down easily enough.

O: I'm not sure where the 'farmhouse' term comes from here - the yeast is way too clean/subdued. As a simple blond ale, though, it's okay. I wouldn't pick it up again, though.

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Farmhouse Summer Ale from Flying Fish Brewing Company
3.46 out of 5 based on 573 ratings.
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